The Eight Rasas (Aesthetic Essences) Cheat Sheet by Davidpol
Navarasa: According to Bharata , there are 8 rasas and this was accepted till, Uddhata, the first commentator on Natya Shastra began to speak of Rasa as nine in number. The Natyasastra identifies eight rasas with eight corresponding Bhava (mood).
The Eight Rasas
Rasa denotes an essential mental state and is the dominant emotional theme of a work of art or the primary feeling that is evoked in the person that views, reads or hears such a work.
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In the Indian performing arts, a rasa is an emotion inspired in an audience by a performer. They are described by Bharata Muni in the Nātyasāstra, an ancient work of dramatic theory. Rasas are created by bhavas: the gestures and facial expressions of the actors.
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